I’m getting ready for a girlfriend pre-Christmas get-together on Thursday and I have 28 mouths to feed.
So these are the salted caramel cream cheese pots, which fed the masses-or about 30 of my girlfriends for pre-Christmas drinks.
Here are some cool, inexpensive, and super quick packaging ideas for Christmas food gifting (I made chewy meringues with little tubs of lemon curd).
Take 4 naughty kids, add a beautiful set with the unique stamp of In Good Company, add some of Taryne Jakobi’s gingerbread magic and top with the extraordinary talent of Vanessa Lewis from Nina Say Cheese and a magical Christmas kitchen springs to life.
About 4 years ago my friend Diane stated that I was going to arrange her 40th birthday party. Neither of us realised how quickly this year would ascend upon us and 6 months ago we sat down to discuss the details.
We had literally found and booked a venue until one Sunday when I accidentally stumbled upon the LIVING ROOM in Maboneng and I quickly messaged Di not to pay the deposit for our venue.
I contacted Cara, from the Living Room and asked if there was a hotel nearby for her family from Cape Town as well as her 95 year old gran. Her response sealed the deal for us as she even offered to arrange a Tuc Tuc for Di’s gran.
Di’s family are so important to her and changing to a day- time party meant that everyone close to her was able to enjoy every moment of the occasion.
Originally we had booked one of the Livingroom’s Jazz band and DJ but a few weeks before the function Jacques Lagesse was able to perform at the party and host the music and Di’s every party dream was fulfilled.
Not even the forecast of a cold front or the early evening storm interrupted our plans of dancing while the sun set to a beautiful view of our city.
The last time I encountered such well- trained staff was at the One & Only in Cape Town. There are no words for the efficiency, pro-activeness and helpfulness of the team at the Living Room.
The food was sublime, beautifully presented and is by far the ONLY function venue to book in Johannesburg. They are so flexible in that they allow you to do the catering as an alternative option and so I brought in the cake table for dessert.
My beautiful friend. Forty and Fabulous
I was very limited to décor as everything had to be transported to the city and most of the décor was made with paper and recycled bottles.
It was very “party-like” but that just added to the fun element and the beautiful venue just absorbed all the bright colours …
About a year ago I purchased an antique printers tray restored into a beautiful table-come-desk.
However, my product was sadly delivered battered and bashed and after a series of unhelpful exchanges and frustration, I returned my very expensive table and demanded a refund.
I thought nothing of the table, until recently where I was gifted this beautiful hand-made version by my sister and very talented brother-in-law.
Frequent visits to my sister a few months ago left me convinced that she was suffering from depression as she kept the curtains drawn, ignored the yowling dogs who clearly wanted to go outside and acted rather oddly.
Once during an impromptu visit, I arrived while my sister was hosting a Sunday braai and her and my cousin kept shuffling around and whispering, leaving me awkwardly convinced that I was unwelcome.
I subsequently discovered the table (which they had tried to speedily conceal with towels) and it was revealed that my sister was trying to contain the handy work in progress on their patio and keep my birthday present a surprise!
It finally arrived-3 months after my birthday and I had such fun with my daughters filling every little slot with my tools and craft goodies. They are now beautifully displayed and I don’t need to rummage through little containers to find an item.
The final table looks so gorgeous and I have moved it from my study into my arty Mandela guest bathroom, giving my guests something to ogle at while sitting on the loo.